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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: October 7, 2021 02:48 PM
From: Senator Wayne D. Fontana
To: All Senate members
Subject: Homeless Children’s Awareness Week
I will once again be introducing a resolution recognizing the week of October 18 through 24, 2021, as “Homeless Children’s Awareness Week” in Pennsylvania.   


The federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act states that children are homeless if they lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.  Furthermore, children are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.  Nearly 38,000 students were considered homeless at one point or another during the 2019-20 school year.  This statistic does not count children who are too young to attend school which makes the figure even more unsettling.   

For over 21 years, The Homeless Children’s Education Fund has been working to advance the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County.  My hopes are that this resolution will bringing attention to the growing problems and issues children experiencing homelessness face throughout Pennsylvania and encourage people to get involved. I hope you join me by signing on as a co sponsor.